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Lifeguards return to beaches

lifeguardRNLI lifeguards will be increasing the safety service across the Welsh coast this weekend as they return to the beaches to offer safety advice and assistance over the bank holiday weekend. 

Working in partnership with Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils, RNLI lifeguards will return to their posts at Whitesands and Newgale beaches, as well as Llangrannog and New Quay in Ceredigion from Saturday, May 24. The charity’s lifeguards have already made an early appearance on some of these beaches as they took part in voluntary patrols earlier in May. Hundreds of people have already chosen to enjoy the hot weather on Welsh beaches this year. RNLI lifeguards will be ready at their posts from 10am-6pm throughout the bank holiday weekend. Philip Davies, west Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: “Hopefully we will have more glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend. We would urge anyone planning on visiting a beach over the break to check local information in advance and head to a lifeguarded beach. Before setting out, check tide times, read local safety signs or ask a lifeguard to make sure you know the times of high and low water. Don’t judge the length of time you have left to get back to the beach by just looking at the waterline, the tide moves very quickly and it can be very deceptive.’ Phil continued: “Even though it’s forecasting sunshine and warm weather remember that the water can still be cold this time of year. Conditions can change dramatically whilst out on the coast so please make sure to come prepared when visiting the beach this weekend.” Ahead of the school half term, a team of RNLI lifeguards are holding Hit the Surf sessions on Tenby South beach throughout the week, teaching children vital safety tips to stay safe on the coast this summer. Hit the Surf is an educational programme that is presented by a team of RNLI lifeguards to primary school children. Over a two hour interactive session, local children are taught the meaning of beach flags, rip currents, the dangers of tombstoning as well as the chance to don their wetsuits and learn basic board skills on Tenby’s South beach.